This is a long post so scroll down for multiple pictures if you don't feel like reading!
A few years ago we began the tradition of traveling the 800 miles to Ohio and spending Thanksgiving there with the girls rather than flying them home to spend a few days here in Massachusetts. By traveling there, David and I can stop half way in Pennsylvania and (briefly) see our mothers and my extended family. And it is easier for David and me to coordinate our work schedules to the girls, rather than vice versa. The best part of this arrangement is the girls do the cooking - or at least most of it! I bring the pies, my mom sends the turkey.
Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. It's not that I don't love and appreciate Easter and Christmas and what they represent. Of course that is meaningful to me. I just don't like the commercialism. Thanksgiving is my time with my family. David doesn't have any preaching so he isn't stressed, the girl's do the cooking so I'm not stressed. We just enjoy being with one another. And for that alone, I love this holiday!
Every year, I make some type of Thanksgiving "favor" that goes at each place setting around the table. It almost always contains some kind of chocolate and this year I will be including, not just chocolate but something personal as well. Here is the ensemble as a whole.
One side of the box with hold the after dinner mints. the other side will hold a little card inside a coordinating envelope and contain a handwritten message from me to the recipient. We always go around the table and talk about things we are thankful for and we will do the same this year. But I want to also express to each of my family what it is about them, I am most thankful for. And by having it written out, they can keep it as a visual reminder of how much I love and appreciate them!
Now on to the whats and wherefores! First I die cut 2 Bitty Boxes from Autumn Spice designer paper, trimmed the flaps off one end of each box and assembled. Then I die cut a tag by using the Two Tags bigz die. I ran that through the Big Shot, again using the Finial Press embossing folder. After I cut out the center of the tag with the 1 3/8" circle punch, I sponged everything and adhered the 2 boxes together with the tag sandwiched in between and Old Olive Satin Ribbon wrapped around the middle. Here is a view from the top.
Once assembled I add a punched Scallop Circle that I had stamped with the medallion from Day of Gratitude, and embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. This was layered with stamped leaves from the Day of Gratitude stamp set. a punched circle and a Vintage Brad circled with Basic Pearls. Here is a close up of the front.
To make the envelope for my little "Thankful For..." card, I again used the Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz die. For the envelope, I embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. The bitty envelope stays closed with the help of a belly band slid over the top. One of my favorite stamp sets is Define Your Life. Maybe it's the librarian in me and my love of words but I love this stamp set! I thought this particular definition of "gratitude" was so appropriate for my note.
This project was such a labor of love for me! I can't wait to share it with my family in less than a month!
Stamps: Day of Gratitude (Holiday Mini) and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Autumn Spice specialty designer paper (Holiday Mini)
Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz die, Two Tags Bigz die, Finial Press tief, Vintage Wallpaper tief, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Twine, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Decorative Label Punch, Vintage Brad, Basic Pearls, sponge
I know this was an unusually long post - thanks for bearing with me!
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day (and a safe Halloween)!